The field of Eye Care is significantly changing as technology revolutionizes the field. Ville Wuotila, Product Director at Topcon Healthcare, estimates that within 5–10 years, the entire eye care industry
will experience a considerable transformation.
As an example, Mr Wuotila mentions the optometry business:
”The whole traditional process for prescribing glasses can soon be replaced by devices functioning on
automated algorithms. Further, as a result of artificial intelligence, many manually operated steps will
When it comes to contemplating the growth prospects that artifical intelligence may bring, it is prudent to be aware; the change in the eye care sector corresponds to the same turmoil that the retail industry experienced
when e-commerce arrived.
Age structure and lifestyles are challenging eye care
An ageing population, increase in Myopia and other diseases will increase demand within the eye care sector.
”Lifestyle changes such as increased screen time on a daily basis, makes Myopia a global phenomenon. It is estimated that by 2050, half of the global population will be shortsighted. The need for treatment and research is not diminishing,” explains Mr Wuotila.
The amount of data is growing
An increase in the number of examinations and patients leads to an increase in the amount of data.”As the amount of data is continuously increasing it should be as easy as possible to store, view and share information. The information must be available in the same system, regardless of the examination devices used. Easy usability saves many valuable minutes*, Wuotila says.
Telehealth solutions are getting increased attention.
– Telehealth solutions enable high-quality means of carrying out remote consultations and sending of referrals. These needs have increased significantly with the COVID-19pandemic.
Wuotila, therefore, urges the eye care sector to prepare for these changes proactively, so that business prospects remain healthy.
Original article published in Finnish by Suu näkö ja Kuulo at Kansanterveys.fi. Access the original Article: https://www.kansanterveys.fi/nako-kuulo/silmaala-katsoo-kohti-tulevaa/